For those unfamiliar, staunton is the name of the design of chess pieces designated for tournament use, the universal standard of chess pieces. The staunton design originated in the 19th century due to the need for a universal chess standard. There is and has been a lot of chess piece designs since the game was invented, stanton serves as a reference point, a mark of stability. The staunton chess design was first released in 1849 by the purveyors of fine games, John Jaques of London, sport and games manufacturers, of Hatton Garden, London England. It is named after Howard Staunton , the chess player and writer who was generally considered the strongest player in the world from 1843 to 1851. Although Nathaniel Cook has long been credited with the design, it may have been conceived by his brother-in-law and owner of the firm, John Jaques.